Mike O'Driscoll

About Mike O'Driscoll

Mike has over 30 years experience in the international mining and minerals industry, specialising in industrial minerals and markets, for which he is widely recognised as a leading expert. After serving 26 years at Industrial Minerals (IM) magazine – 17 years as Editor – Mike left IM in 2014 to pursue an independent career in the industrial minerals business, and launched IMFORMED in January 2015 with Ismene Clarke. Read more >

Magnesia & refractories major Kümaş acquired by Turkish steel leader Erdemir

Kümaş joins Almatis within OYAK group | Vertical integration strategy rolls on as end users target supply security
After several years of speculation, and some close calls from leading competitors, one of the world’s leading magnesite producers, Kümaş Manyezit Sanayi A.Ş. (Kümaş) of Turkey has been acquired by the country’s leading steel producer Ereğli Demir ve […]

By |Saturday, 9 January, 2021|Newsfile|0 Comments

IMFORMED wishes all a most healthy & peaceful 2021! Latest Forum Updates

For this past year, of all years, IMFORMED would like to thank its delegates, sponsors, partners, contacts, and families for all their kind support and participation for a most challenging last 12 months.
The number seven is hailed as being lucky, harmonious, and of perfection. As IMFORMED heads into its seventh year of business, we sincerely […]

By |Wednesday, 30 December, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Refractory minerals from China: shutdowns & shipping spark price surge

Bauxite, BFA, Andalusite, Magnesite impact | Supply reforms in pipeline
As if 2020 had not dished out enough disruption for one year, suppliers and consumers of Chinese refractory minerals are facing more issues impacting the supply chain in the form of operational closures and a shortage of shipping containers.

Title Picture A mountain to climb: China’s centre of magnesite […]

By |Thursday, 17 December, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment

Mineral Recycling Forum 2021 ONLINE – Programme & Details

12.00-17.00 GMT Tuesday 9 February 2021
EU Action | Mine Tailings | Refractories | Li-ion Batteries | Ceramics | Alumina | Graphite | Magnesia
IMFORMED is delighted to announce Mineral Recycling Forum 2021 ONLINE, 12.00-17.00 GMT Tuesday 9 February 2021.

This year’s pandemic has amplified the issues of overreliance on certain mineral sources and the vulnerability of mineral […]

By |Tuesday, 8 December, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

IMFORMED wins UK business award

IMFORMED is delighted to have been the recipient of the Southern Enterprise Award 2020 for Best Independent Specialist Industry Event Organiser.

The SME (Small Medium Enterprise) Awards are organised by SME News and celebrate the success stories of one of the most important sectors in the UK economy.

The Southern Enterprise Awards 2020 recognise and reward the […]

By |Thursday, 3 December, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Mineral trader transformation: Possehl Erzkontor on mission to fully integrate by 2024

Refractory mineral processor MMW Hamm acquired by Possehl Erzkontor
World leading industrial mineral trading company Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG is on a mission to transform itself through diversification and verticalisation into “an integrated end-to-end provider of raw material solutions” by 2024.
Title picture Trading up: Dead burned magnesia being loaded in big bags for export at […]

By |Wednesday, 18 November, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment

Refractory Minerals Forum 2021 ONLINE – Let’s keep in contact & conversation!

IMFORMED is delighted to announce a new online Forum for the refractory raw materials industry.
Refractory Minerals Forum 2021 ONLINE
16-17 March 2021

China Refractory Minerals Forum 2021, Dalian, 25-27 October 2021 
Field Trip to Haimag, Haicheng Thurs 28 October 

The new conference will cover global trends and outlook in supply and demand for […]

By |Thursday, 12 November, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorspar market outlook: alternative sources ascendant | Li-ion battery potential

Fluorine Forum 2020 ONLINE Review
IMFORMED’s inaugural virtual event Fluorine Forum 2020 ONLINE took place last month and was hailed a great success by attendees keen to keep abreast of trends and developments in supply and demand for fluorine raw materials.

Key takeaways included:

Significant commercial interest in FSA-route plants in operation by 2022 as an alternative fluorine […]

By |Wednesday, 4 November, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

New era of mineral exploration, sourcing & development dawns

Panglobal action to kickstart domestic mineral projects driven by critical mineral demand
It is regrettable that it takes a pandemic to spotlight what many have been warning about for some years: a shortage of commercially developed critical mineral resources and processing plants, and a risky overreliance on imports from limited overseas sources. But that’s what’s happening.
Title […]

By |Monday, 26 October, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

The World of Industrial Minerals Under COVID-19

Challenges & Opportunities
IMFORMED was honoured to be asked to present the Keynote presentation at the General Session of the recent Industrial Minerals Association-North America Virtual Annual Meeting.

Industrial Minerals Association-North America (IMA-NA) is the representative voice of the industrial minerals sector in North America, bringing together the industry’s leaders to promote best practices, organising workshops and […]

By |Wednesday, 7 October, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments